ABCG
ABOUT US

The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) is a coalition of seven US-based international conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with extensive field programs in Africa: African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, the Jane Goodall Institute, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society, and World Wildlife Fund. ABCG is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to advance understanding of critical biodiversity conservation challenges and their solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Vision

We envision an African continent where natural resources and biodiversity are conserved in balance with sustained human livelihoods.

Mission

To tackle complex and changing conservation challenges by catalyzing and strengthening collaboration, and bringing the best resources from across a continuum of conservation organizations to effectively and efficiently work toward this vision of Africa.

Approach

ABCG works collectively to promote the best in integrated conservation and development programming to protect biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa by:

1) Identifying and prioritizing emerging and high-priority conservation issues affecting sub-Saharan Africa;

2) Fostering technical and information exchange through partnerships with African institutions and civil society, to implement new approaches and build communities of practice, and;

3) Synthesizing collective lessons from field activities and sharing them with a broader multi-sector community in the United States and Africa for data-driven decision making and policy integration.

Background

Biodiversity conservation in Africa is becoming increasingly complex as social, economic and political pressures on biodiversity and natural resources grow. At the same time, resources available to address the myriad threats to Africa’s biodiversity are inadequate. These conditions—complex problems coupled with a relative scarcity of human and financial capital with which to address them—have created a climate in which strategic alliances are an increasingly attractive and effective response.

Several of the U.S-based conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with field programs in Africa began meeting in 1999 to discuss the value of focused collaboration as a way to increase conservation impact on the ground.  They agreed that a number of priority biodiversity issues were not being adequately addressed by any one institution or the development assistance community at large.  In addition, the complexities of many of these issues require a range of expertise and experience that no one institution currently possesses.  

From these discussions there has emerged a clear need to go beyond what any U.S-based NGO is currently doing or could possibly do on its own. Growing out of this need, representatives from the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Biodiversity Support Program (BSP), Conservation International (CI), Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), The World Conservation Union (IUCN), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Resources Institute (WRI), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), have been meeting regularly to review opportunities for collaboration, and they formed the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) to address these issues. In 2000, a Program Manager was hired to formalize activities, plan meetings around specific themes, and help disseminate information to African partners and others.  The ABCG Secretariat rotates locations among its member NGOs. It was based at AWF from March 2000 to June 2001, at CI from July 2001 until June 2004, at WWF from July 2004 to November 2009, at TNC from 2009 through September 2012, at WWF from September 2012 to September 2015, and has been based at WCS since September 2015.

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